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Dates and Deadlines

Registration1 October 2016
Early Bird registrations open
15 January 2017
Early Bird registrations close
3 April 2017
Registrations close
Exhibition8 March 2017
Last date for entry forms and fees due
23 March 2017
Parcels and Packing Slips due
20 April 2017
National Exhibition opens in Camelot Room, Chateau On The Park
Runway Show8 March 2017
Last date for entry forms and fees due
23 March 2017
Parcels and Packing Slips due
21 April 2017
Runway show at Great Hall, Chateau On The Park
Event20-23 April 2017
Entwine Canterbury, Creative Fibre National Festival opens

From The Convenors

Hear Ye Hear Ye

Welcome to Entwine our National Festival and Gathering hosted by the Canterbury Area Yarn Warriors. Along with the National Exhibition, Runway Show and Fashion Challenge we also have a Tapestry Challenge, Trades exhibits, lectures, workshops and Tours. Held in the Chateau on the Park, 189 Deans Ave/Kilmarnock St corner, Riccarton, Christchurch. We invite you to Entwine.
Kerry and Margaret

Key Email Contacts

All General Enquiries | Education | Exhibition | Fashion | Registration | Trades | Treasurer

General Information

Registration

Registrations will be processed in order of arrival. Please ensure your form is filled in clearly and accurately. Keep a copy for your records. Confirmations will be sent out as soon as possible after receipt of your forms or online registration. Collect your Festival Welcome Pack on your arrival at the Chateau on the Park. Don’t delay – register online now and get the Early Bird rate!

How would you like to pay? Credit Card (Visa/Mastercard only) | Direct Credit/Cheque.

Medical Services

There are two 24 hour medical services in Christchurch – one on Bealey Avenue and the other on Moorhouse Ave. They are both walk in centres open 7 days a week. The nearest full accident and emergency centre is Christchurch Public Hospital very close to the Chateau on the Park.

Disabilities

Please advise when registering, any assistance you may need during your time with us. Wheelchair access is available at all the venues.

Transport

Shuttles, Buses and Taxis are available on a regular basis from the Airport. Christchurch has a very good bus service and there is a bus stop very close to the Chateau on the Park.

Accommodation

If making a booking to stay at the Chateau on the Park please state that you are coming to Creative Fibre Festival as they have set aside some rooms for Festival participants.

Catering

At the Chateau on the Park, food and beverages bought from the Chateau on the Park in-house catering may be consumed on-site. Chateau on the Park has a lovely restaurant and coffee bar area available. Tea and coffee will also be available in the Christchurch Girls High Staff Room for participants attending the Workshops.

Tours

Behind the Scenes at Canterbury Museum

Thursday and Friday, 20-21 April: Small group visits to Canterbury Museum to view a range of textiles from their collection. These specially selected textiles will inspire and extend your thoughts on the creative use of fibre. Choose one of the following times:

Thursday 2.00pm – 3.00pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am – 10.30am, 11.00am – 12.00pm, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Charge $25 per person (includes $10 koha to the Museum)

A shuttle on Friday and Saturday will leave the Chateau on the Park for a visit to The Tannery. The Christchurch Guild rooms and also Wool Yarn Fibre shop are located here. There are many other boutique shops and restaurants in the Tannery complex. Cost to be advised. Tours city-wide and further afield are offered through the i-site office – info@christchurchnz.com.

 

National Runway Show

The Grand Fashion parade will be held on Friday at 7.30pm. Come to celebrate the skills and talents of our fellow members, enjoy mid show entertainment and feel the excitement as the awards are presented at the end. Food and Beverages available to purchase. Get in quick as there are limited tickets.

Runway Categories

  • Wearable Art
  • Modern Fashion
  • Jerseys, Jerkins and Vests

Entries into the fashion parade will be eligible for the Creative Fibre Fashion awards and will be judged by a selection panel. Please remember that some awards require a full outfit entry. Get those ideas brewing and start creating now. Entry forms must be in by 8 March.

Download Fashion Entry Form, Conditions of Entry and Packing Slip

Group Runway Challenge

The Group Runway Challenge is a 12-month project that began with registration at Auckland Festival 2016. All Creative Fibre groups were invited to form teams to design and create an outfit for one of their team members to model at Canterbury Festival 2017. The garments will go down the runway at the Show on Saturday evening. Garments will be judged by a selection panel for the style and suitability of garment, design process, techniques, quality and fit of garment. Journals will be part of the judging process. This will be held on Saturday 7.00pm for 7.30pm with complimentary drink and nibbles.

Fashion Challenge

Medieval Sock Challenge – Bring out the socks! Send us your best interpretations of medieval socks and see them prance down the runway. This Category is not judged. Please note, if you wish to sell your socks, you will need to fill out the Fashion Entry form (see above). All Fashion Entry conditions apply.

National Exhibition

The National Exhibition showcases the best that Creative Fibre New Zealand has to offer. The exhibition opens in the Camelot Room, Chateau on the Park on Thursday 20 April immediately after the Opening Ceremony, and will run until the end of the Festival on April 23. All entries are eligible for the Creative Fibre National awards. Award winners will be announced during the Opening Ceremony. Floor Talks will be held from 10.00 – 11.00am on Friday 21 April and Saturday 22 April. Cost $10, maximum 20 people per session. The exhibition will be closed at these times. Please book on the registration form. See Entry Form and Conditions of Entry for full details. Entries may be collected after 4pm on Sunday 23 April when the Exhibition will be taken down.

Download Exhibition Entry Form, Conditions of Entry and Packing Slip

Canterbury Tapestry Challenge

For the upcoming Creative Fibre Festival ENTWINE in April 2017, the Christchurch Tapestry Group has decided to donate a cash prize of $100 for a tapestry. The criteria will be: the best interpretation of the word ENTWINE. It will be selected and judged as part of the Exhibition, so please complete the Exhibition Entry form (see above). All Exhibition Entry conditions apply.

The Trades Marketplace

Trades Times
Friday 21 April: 10.00am till 5.00pm
Saturday 22 April: 9.00am till 5.00pm
Sunday 23 April: 9.00am till 4.00pm

The Marketplace will be in the Christchurch Girls High Gymnasium across the road from the Chateau on the Park. We hope to have many of your favourite traders as well as some new ones who you may not have come across before. ATM available on site.

Traders: We still have a few spaces available – applications close 1 December 2016, unless we’re fully booked prior. If you would like to hire space, please contact our Marketplace Officer.

Workshops & Lectures

Yarn Warriors are pleased to present the schedule of workshops and lectures for Entwine Canterbury. Note that some workshops also have a materials cost, payable to the tutor. Be sure to check the Workshop Requirements list, and also look at the Tutor Profiles for a little more about our tutors and their work. If you have any questions about particular classes, please email us.


A1CLASS FULL
Introduction to Twined Knitting | Tutor: Beth Brown-Reinsel
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Class limit: 20 | Suitability: Intermediate knitters. Must be comfortable with DPNs or circulars.
Curious about the 400 year old Swedish technique of Twined Knitting? In this class, knit one of a pair of wristers while learning a traditional cast-on, twined knitting, twined purling, and patterning (the “O” stitch, the Crook stitch). Learn how to manage your yarn so that untwisting becomes a cinch! Reading Twined Knitting charts is also included.
A2CLASS FULL
Knitting Lace with Understanding | Tutor: Margaret Stove
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Class limit: 15 | Suitability: participants need basic knitting skills.
Use very easy foundations in plain knitting to build in simple stages the understanding needed to be in control of the challenges knitting lace patterns can present. There will be particular instructions in using this understanding to deal with shaping, dropped stitches, repairs, and the principles for adapting designs for personal use. Participants are welcome to bring along their lace knitting problems for discussion and advice.
A3CLASS FULL
Tapestry Weaving - Medieval Faces | Tutor: Marilyn Rea-Menzies
9.00am-4.00pm Friday & Saturday (2 day workshop) | Cost: $140.00 | Materials cost: $5.00 | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: Intermediate Tapestry Weavers who have mastered the basics.
The design concepts for this workshop come from medieval tapestries, in particular faces. We will be looking at how the medieval techniques for weaving faces in tapestry differ from how they are largely woven today. In this two day workshop, students will make a good start on their tapestries and learn enough to complete them at home. Marilyn is an extremely experienced artist and tutor, and promises your time in this workshop will be enjoyable and productive.
A4CLASS FULL
Fibre Preparation | Tutor: Suzy Brown
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: Spinners of all levels.
Join Suzy Brown, aka Wool Wench, for a workshop devoted to playing with multiple colours in your fibre preparation! In this half day workshop, we are going to celebrate the broad palette of the colour spectrum and delve into how to work with many colours without our fibre looking “confused” or muddy. We will look at a variety of rainbow palettes and fibre preparation techniques such as drum carding, hackles, combs and blending boards. We will also undertake some fibre ‘deconstruction’ and re-engineering to give you some more ideas on how to deal with multi-coloured fibres. For those who like to work with wild colours, you will enjoy bringing the bright colour palettes into play. For those who prefer more subdued palettes, you will learn how to stay true to your tastes while being able to produce harmonious preparations to spin!
A5CLASS FULL
Felt Ya Boots! | Tutor: Kate Mahoney
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Materials cost: $25.00 | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: Beyond beginners
Zip yourself up a pair of slipper boots! Using basic materials, learn how to use the characteristics of wool to produce beautiful, colourful, long wearing slippers. This workshop gives practical strategies, introduces a range of ideas for different styles, teaches the basics of felting templates and shows you a selection of different embellishment techniques to add individual touches to your work during or after felting.
A6Twined Baskets | Tutor: Anne Daniel
9.00am-4.00pm, Cost: $70.00 | Class limit: 12 | Materials cost: $5 includes use of tools | Suitability: Intermediate
Extend your skills and learn twining and plaiting to create a ‘basket’ from harakeke (NZ flax), supplemented with other natural fibres if desired. An opportunity to unleash your creativity with the design and finish of your basket.
A7Christmas Decorations Gone Wild | Tutor: Liza Adams
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Class limit: 15 | Materials cost: $12.00 | Suitability: All levels
Want to create something for Christmas that’s unique and really shows your flair? Needle-felting your own decorations you can let the fibre really fly and come up with amazing gifts for friends and family! During this class you will learn a number of techniques including how to make a nice solid piece, how to add colour, and tricks for making patterns on your finished work. We will work with only fibre, no polystyrene here! Each ball is felted, covered in a colourful fibre, and then decorated as you see fit. We can add ribbons, beads, embroidery, whatever you would like. The idea is to get a feel for working with the felting needles and ways of attaching other elements to the piece.
A8CLASS FULL
Socks: Toe-up Times Two | Tutor: Lara Nettle
1.00pm-4.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: Most levels.
Love knitting socks, but looking for a new direction? Want to make socks that fit perfectly and use every scrap of your precious yarn? Or just keen to avoid the dreaded “second sock syndrome”? In this class you will learn the logic behind knitting socks two at a time; a new twist on Judy’s Magic Cast On; and tips and tricks for keeping your yarn untangled and your knitting on track. Suitable for newer sock knitters up to the more experienced. This class is for anyone who wants to push their sock knitting to the next level.
A9CLASS FULL
Latvian Wristers | Tutor: Beth Brown-Reinsel
1.00pm-4.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Class limit: 20 | Suitability: Intermediate knitters. Must be proficient with DPNs.
Using wristers as a template, some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in the class. Knit one of a pair of wristers to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the wrister, as well as a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colours and setting up the knitting for colour changes in the braids.
A10CLASS FULL
What Can You Spin On A Spindle? | Tutor: Tedge Memelink
1.00pm-4.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Materials cost: $10.00 | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: Spinners of all levels.
The spindle, that clever little tool from ancient times, opens you up to a plethora of possibilities. Learn drafting techniques, try out different fibres & preparations, and a number of ways to ply those singles. But wait, there’s more: experiment with some textured yarns as well. You’ll find the spindle is a portable and versatile tool for creating yarn on the go. Bring your own spindle, or try out some of the different sized spindles in class.
A11CLASS FULL
The SAORI Weaving Adventure – More than just threads! | Tutor: Louise Cook
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Class limit: 12 | Materials cost: $5.00 | Suitability: Any level
Discover the pleasures of weaving in your own style, no rules, and no mistakes! This is Saori weaving. Saori is a Japanese form of creative, freestyle weaving. Each student will be given a “treasure pack” with the challenge to use as many of the items as possible throughout the day. You will be encouraged to share your ideas. Louise will guide you and demonstrate various techniques that can be used in your weaving. Each student creates their own unique piece of cloth. Be prepared to be bold and adventurous! Saori weaving is very “catching”, it is relaxing, calming and fun. It is about colour, and texture. Saori weaving is for anyone, anywhere. Try it!


B1CLASS FULL
Gansey Techniques | Tutor: Beth Brown-Reinsel
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Class limit: 20 | Suitability: Intermediate knitters (must be proficient with DPNs).
Students will learn how to construct a Gansey; a sweater form prevalent in the last century and early part of this century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, shoulder straps with perpendicular joining, and picked-up sleeves. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored.
B2CLASS FULL
The SAORI Weaving Adventure – More than just threads! | Tutor: Louise Cook
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Class limit: 12 | Materials cost: $5.00 | Suitability: Any level.
Discover the pleasures of weaving in your own style, no rules, and no mistakes! This is Saori weaving. Saori is a Japanese form of creative, freestyle weaving. Each student will be given a “treasure pack” with the challenge to use as many of the items as possible throughout the day. You will be encouraged to share your ideas. Louise will guide you and demonstrate various techniques that can be used in your weaving. Each student creates their own unique piece of cloth. Be prepared to be bold and adventurous! Saori weaving is very “catching”, it is relaxing, calming and fun. It is about colour, and texture. Saori weaving is for anyone, anywhere. Try it!
B3CLASS FULL
Felt to Dye For | Tutor: Rene Corder Evans
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Materials cost: $30.00 | Class limit: 15 | Suitability: Some basic felting skills required.
This workshop will explore the art of dyeing as it pertains to felted projects, pieces or yardage. Dyeing the felt rather than the fleece or roving adds another layer of complexity to the finished project. In this one-day workshop the many aspects of dyeing felt will be discussed. Starting with commercial prefelts students will work on incorporating colour layering and imagery into their felted pieces. A variety of techniques will be used, including shibori stitching, folding and clamping and found objects. The finished pieces will be suitable for stitching or incorporating into future projects.
B4CLASS FULL
Grow Your Own Colour | Tutor: Catherine Jane
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Materials cost: $20.00 | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: All levels.
Learn how to use plants you can grow in your own garden to create beautiful colourfast colours for your yarn or fleece. This hands-on workshop will cover the safe use of mordants, and several different dyeing techniques using several different plant sources on wool yarn, though the use of other fibres may be discussed if time permits. Participants will leave with a number of samples of wool yarn dyed in the workshop and illustrated notes to get them started on a lifetime of experimentation and fun with plant dyes.
B5Beginner Art Yarns | Tutor: Suzy Brown
9.00am-4.00pm | Cost: $70.00 | Materials cost: $5.00 | Class limit: 15 | Suitability: Intermediate spinners.
Art yarns can be bulky or fine, complex or simple, but many start out with one of the basic techniques, such as corespinning or lockspinning. During this workshop we will work on ways to use different fibre preparations and techniques for spinning singles. We will then add to that with a range of specific plying techniques to create ‘art yarn’ even from a simple smooth spun single. During the workshop we will start with art yarn basics such as corespinning and lock spinning, and for any intermediate art yarn spinners in the group we can extend that into more complex plying and layering of techniques. We will also experiment with different fibre preparations and what can be made with them, so please bring your drum carder and hackle if you have either or both.
B6Needlefelted Monsters, Knights or Maidens | Tutor: Liza Adams
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Materials cost: $12.00 | Class limit: 15 | Suitability: All levels.
It doesn’t get more One of a Kind than this. Create little monsters straight out of your wildest dreams, or get into the theme of the festival with Knights and Maidens! During this class we will be furthering our skills, you will already know how to make up your piece, cover it with fibre and add some other colours, but we will then be adding pre-felted pieces to each ball. In this way we can add such things as noses, helmets, long hair and pointed hats, all made by you. You design your own creation and learn how to attach and build up a 3D felted piece of art!


C1Unravelling Ravelry | Tutor: Lara Nettle
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Class limit: 15 | Suitability: All levels
Ravelry has become an indispensable resource for many knitters and crocheters, and now spinners are jumping on board too. From searching for the perfect pattern, to documenting your projects, and joining colourful discussions (picking vs. throwing anyone?), Ravelry is a wonderland of material for the fibre crafter. But where do you start? For the uninitiated it can seem overly complex and quite daunting. This comprehensive class with detailed class notes takes you on a step by step journey through some of the amazing features, and sets you up for success with the confidence to keep exploring on your own. Even if you think you know Ravelry, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Please bring your own device with internet connection if possible.
C2Advanced Art Yarn | Tutor: Suzy Brown
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Materials cost: $5.00 | Class limit: 15 | Suitability: Intermediate/Advanced spinners.
Suzy’s ‘Advanced Art Yarn’ spinning class will take a ‘Yarn Architecture’ approach to constructing yarns for colour management and form. We will focus on some specific plying techniques that will help you create textured yarns from smooth fibre preparations and manage your twist to ensure a balanced multiple plied yarn. We will work with manipulating ‘extras’ such as auto-wraps and silk hankie wrapping (my own ‘Shelob’ technique) to create specific effects in your plyed yarns. We will be spinning yarns ranging from laceweight ‘micro art yarns’ to bulky, so you can spin to suit your wheel.
C3CLASS FULL
A Sense for Creating | Tutor: Patricia Took-Stevens
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Class limit: 8 | Suitability: for those with an open mind and the willingness to experiment.
Patricia Took-Stevens is an artist who works with textiles, wool, paper, flax and often with found objects. She will share some of the things she does daily that assist her in generating personal inspiration. Taking a theme and materials of your choice, discuss and play with various possibilities that could assist in the development of your idea. For Patricia it is all about the making, the playing, which allows the creative side almost to develop on its own without the pressure of preconceived thoughts about how the final work should turn out. Her aim is that students leave and are able to expand their own creativity and originality in their own time and space at home.
C4Weave a Waikawa Flax Basket | Tutor: Anne Daniel
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Materials cost: $5.00 includes use of tools | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: Beginners
Learn to weave a large basket (Waikawa) from harakeke (NZ flax). This basket uses whole blades of harakeke. Anne will show different options for finishing the top.
C5What Can You Spin On A Spindle? | Tutor: Tedge Memelink
9.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $35.00 | Materials cost: $10.00 | Class limit: 12 | Suitability: Spinners of all levels.
The spindle, that clever little tool from ancient times, opens you up to a plethora of possibilities. Learn drafting techniques, try out different fibres & preparations, and a number of ways to ply those singles. But wait, there’s more: experiment with some textured yarns as well. You’ll find the spindle is a portable and versatile tool for creating yarn on the go. Bring your own spindle, or try out some of the different sized spindles in class.


Saturday

L1A Holey Pastime | Speaker: Margaret Stove
1.00pm-2.00pm | Cost: $12.00
A brief look at the craft of knitting as expertise evolved to become more complex and to eventually become more decorative. The development of lace in the various regions of Britain and Europe, and from East to West is a fascinating story.
L2Crafting Online | Speaker: Lara Nettle
1.00pm-2.00pm | Cost: $12.00
What does social media offer the fibre crafter? In this digital age, it seems like many of us are spending more and more time online, and less in the “real” world. But there are so many ways that our online lives can enrich our handwork. From YouTube and Craftsy for learning new techniques, to Ravelry and Google for finding the perfect pattern. On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter we can share our work and connect with like-minded people around the world, (and in your own backyard). We will discuss how to use these technologies in your fibre life, and to attract a new audience to your groups and events.
L3Mid Life Crisis - Discovering My Creativity | Speaker: Anne Daniel
1.00-2.00pm | Cost: $12.00
Weaver and fibre artist, Anne Daniel, shares her creative journey and the impact it has had on her life: how it began, what she does, her influences, and where it has led to today. She would like to inspire others to begin their own journey (it is never too late!) and to continue along that path.
L4Digital Photography Demystified | Speaker: Kate Mahoney
3.00pm-4.30pm | Cost: $18.00
Frustrated with automatic settings? Not sure about composition? This talk will help you get better shots through framing and composition strategies, introduce you to lighting, colour temperature and exposure settings and help you find out more about editing your photos to get better results.
L5The Art of Grief | Speaker: Sue McLean
3.00-4.00pm | Cost: $12.00
Sue McLean is an accomplished textile artist from Oamaru. Following the death of her teenaged son in 2007 she turned to the arts to explore her grief and piece together the threads of her life. The resulting stitched and woven works have been exhibited throughout the country. Hear her story of courage, exploration and healing.

Sunday

L6Textile Travels | Speakers: Elizabeth & Richard Ashford
9.00am-10.00am | Cost: $12.00
Follow the journey of Ashford spinning wheels, weaving looms and carders from Ashburton to textile artists around the world. See beautiful garments and textiles made by spinners, weavers, felters and dyers for their own use, to generate income, educate others, and to build self-sufficient communities. Observe how textile artists around the world enjoy a common passion for their craft. A slide show and conversation presented by Elizabeth and Richard Ashford.
L7A Weaving Journey | Speaker: Sue McLean
9.00am-10.00am | Cost: $12.00
McLean & Co. weave short runs of bespoke tweed and tartan from their Oamaru home using Hattersley looms, traditional craftsmanship and locally grown fibre to create heirlooms of the future. Hear Sue, the Co. of McLean and Co., talk about the journey of the century old looms to Oamaru, and the journey of the McLeans to becoming full time weavers.
L8Traditional Knitting | Speaker: Beth Brown-Reinsel
11.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $12.00
Beth Brown-Reinsel has spent time in the many European museums that house textiles. Focusing on 19th century garments; construction and motifs of regional garments continues to fascinate her. Follow Beth in her journey through Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and elsewhere, in pursuit of historic knitting.
L9SAORI Weaving - From Japan to the World | Speaker: Louise Cook
11.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $12.00
Saori weaving originated in Japan in the 1960s. Hear Misao Jo’s story (Saori weaving founder), how and why Saori weaving has been embraced worldwide. “Saori weaving encourages each person to express their own creativity. It places the importance on thinking, rather than on technique. Technique is the ability to copy a designer’s pattern. Thinking allows room for creation. For Saori weavers, the finished cloth represents their individuality, attitude toward life, personal history, capabilities, their kansei”.(kansei can be interpreted as “the feeling nature of an individual, influencing the subjective perception as well as personal creativity”).
L10Medieval Tapestry Weaving | Speaker: Marilyn Rea Menzies
11.00am-12.00pm | Cost: $12.00
Marilyn will deliver a power point talk on Medieval Tapestry, focussing on the history of tapestry in medieval times. She will talk about how tapestries were made in the workshops in Europe, the looms and mediums used, and how the techniques and subject matter differed from tapestry today.